Pasta dinner with turkey meatballs and roasted vegetables. Ready in about 30 minutes.
Photography Credit:Coco Morante
This pasta dinner comes together fast!
Meatballs and vegetables roast together in the oven while pasta boils on the stove, then everything gets tossed with some olive oil, lemon juice, and a handful of parsley.
The recipe is very adaptable. You can really use any kind of ground meat, and any of your favorite vegetables that have been cut into bite-sized pieces.
Today, I went with ground turkey for the meatballs, and zucchini, bell peppers, and onions for the vegetables. It’s a sort-of-Mediterranean mix that works well. I’ve also made this dish with just a head of cauliflower on nights when I can only be bothered to chop up one thing!
The most time-consuming part of the recipe is rolling out the little meatballs — each one is about an inch in diameter, and the recipe makes about four dozen of them.
This is time well spent, though! These bite-sized meatballs fit right in with the pasta and vegetables, so no knife is required at the table. Kids love them, too.
You can also prep the meatballs in advance and freeze them for later, if you like. Just put them on a sheet pan lined with plastic wrap, then freeze them until they’re firm, about two hours. After that, you can transfer them to a freezer-safe plastic bag and store them for about two months. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking.
Serve this pasta dinner with a big green salad or on its own. The leftovers make a great packed lunch!
Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables Recipe
For the vegetables:
- 3 medium (about 3/4 pound) zucchini, cut into half moons
- 2 large (about 3/4 pound) red bell peppers, sliced into 1-inch strips
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into half moons
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the meatballs:
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, marjoram, and rosemary)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the pasta:
- 1 pound any small shaped pasta, like orecchiette, bowties, or rotini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or silicone baking mats.
2 Begin roasting the vegetables: Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and salt. Spread them out on one of the baking sheets in a single, even layer. Roast the vegetables for 30 minutes.
3 Prepare and begin roasting the meatballs. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Roll into 1-inch meatballs and place on the second baking sheet, about 1/2-inch apart.
Roast the meatballs for 20 minutes in the oven alongside the vegetables.
4 Boil the pasta: Once both the vegetables and meatballs are in the oven, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Salt the pasta water to taste (I use about three tablespoons for a big pot) and boil the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package and drain.
5 Toss everything together and serve. In the pasta pot, stir together the roasted vegetables, meatballs, and pasta with the olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Serve hot.
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10 Side Dishes to Pair With Meatballs Besides Spaghetti
There's so much more that can be done with meatballs.
Spaghetti and meatballs make for a fail-proof weeknight dinner that everyone will love. But it can get boring after a while. Change things next time you serve meatballs with these side dishes. Whether you&aposre going for classic Italian-style or Swedish meatballs or even barbeque meatballs, there&aposs a side on this list for you. Looking for a meatball main to go with one of these sides? Each side dish is paired with a recommended meatball dish for the perfect meatball dinner. Meatball night will never be boring or predictable again! Read on for our best side dishes to pair with meatballs.
"These potatoes are full of creamy sour cream, cream cheese, and buttery goodness contrasted with rich roast garlic. The texture is as delightful as the flavor combination," says recipe creator jenmannaz. Mashed potatoes are a classic pairing for meatballs, like these Grape Jelly Meatballs.
For a change from the usual plain rice or noodles, give this rice pilaf a try on the side of some Lamb Meatballs and Sauce. "On the surface it doesn&apost seem like this would be anything special. but it was. Not too boldly flavored, but not too plain or wimpy either. Just perfect in my mind. and I loved the additions of the red pepper and mushrooms," says reviewer naples34102.
This simple recipe is a different way to enjoy egg noodles with Chef John&aposs Swedish Meatballs. "This is a German recipe from my Grandmother. It&aposs cabbage that is lightly browned in butter and mixed with egg noodles and browned lightly for a wonderful, hearty, and fast dish," says recipe creator judi.
For a meatball meal that still has Italian flair, this Italian stew is a great side dish for some Italian Turkey Meatballs. Recipe creator SpiceBazaar says, "This recipe is a fabulous Italian stew. I love it because it is easy and fun to make, and you can have your kids help you with the chopping!"
"I was so happy to find this recipe! It&aposs nearly identical to one which was served in a restaurant where I used to work. The dish was called Thai Chicken," says reviewer COOKIECHICK. Udon noodles are tossed in a creamy peanut butter sauce, making a great side dish that&aposs best served with Thai Chicken Balls for flavorsome Thai cuisine at home.
This top-rated corn on the cob recipe is seasoned with spices and butter and then grilled for an easy, flavorful side. Along with some BBQ Meatballs, this is the perfect addition to any tailgate or backyard cookout.
This ratatouille is an amazing veggie companion to Chef John&aposs Italian Meatballs. It&aposs loaded with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, and mascarpone cheese. "I have 10 picky kids and trying to get them to try something new is sometimes a chore in itself. ones that refuse to eat vegetables were asking for seconds," says reviewer chris.
"Every time my family and I go to a Chinese buffet we make a beeline for the green beans! This is a simple and tasty re-creation of that much loved side dish, goes well with any Asian meal," says recipe creator roweena. For a truly Asian-inspired dinner, serve it with Sweet and Sour Meatballs II.
Turkey meatballs, tagliatelle pasta, sundried tomatoes and roasted vegetables
This was one of those dishes thrown together for dinner one night. I’ve made the meatballs several times before and wanted to cook up all of the organic veggies I had in my fridge. It was so good (and healthy too), I had to share! This recipe for turkey meatballs, tagliatelle pasta, sun dried tomatoes and roasted vegetables can be made in a number of ways, just substitute your favorite roasted veggies and pasta. The beauty of this dish is that most of the components are cooked separately, and then combined at the end. What this does is keep the flavors from mixing, so every ingredient practically sings with flavor.
Yes, they sing. Trust me on this one.
Let’s talk pasta for a minute. I’m bordering on being called a “pasta collector”. On any given week, you’ll find a new bag or box in my pantry of some obscure Italian pasta in every shape you could imagine. I search out and find artisanal pasta made the old fashioned way, with bronze dies instead of a high-volume Teflon machine. The bronze dies create a rough surface on the pasta that the sauce will cling to.
It’s okay if you use the generic grocery store brand or something like Mueller’s or Barilla, but if you want really great food, look a little harder. It won’t cost much more and your taste buds will thank you. You can find great pasta at low prices in some surprising places.
- Look for an Italian import section in your local supermarket. My grocery store has an Italian corner in the freezer section and everything is on sale.
- Check discounts stores that have a home goods section. Marshalls, Home Goods and Big Lots are all great places to find gourmet pasta.
- Italian, Russian, Polish, etc. International specialty markets sometimes carry great gourmet pastas at ridiculously low prices.
- Trader Joe’s pasta has ranked high in taste tests. I don’t live near one, but if I did, I’d try it!
Turkey meatballs, tagliatelle pasta, sun dried tomatoes and roasted vegetables
21 Ground Turkey Pasta Recipes You Should Definitely Try
Did you read my sweet and sour meatballs post? I talked about the importance of always having food in your fridge minimizing that way the temptation to grab fast food when your stomach is growling and as a result – ruin your diet. In other words, meal prep is the king! Right now I am trying to think of a bunch of different recipes to use alternately in order to avoid the routine.
The first rule – a dish has to have some meat in it. Yup, I’m a carnivore. Lately, my go-to meats are chicken, beef, and turkey. The lean ones. Turkey is the one that makes my fridge the most nowadays, though. Usually, I buy turkey breast and grind it myself (ground meat is my favorite one). Why so much work? The difference between the homemade and the store-bought ground meat is OBVIOUS. It’s worth all the sweating and cursing. However, I am on vacation right now so a store-bought ground turkey will do.
My favorite ways of using ground turkey are meatballs, cabbage rolls, and, lately, pasta. Since trying this pasta packed casserole I haven’t looked back. It was SO GOOD + it served as a kickstart to my experiments with turkey and pasta. Unfortunately, I haven’t come up with anything blog-worthy so far and I don’t have enough time for more experiments while on vacation. Do you know what it means?
It’s time to ask my fellow food bloggers for help!
Two heads are better than one, as they say. Well, then twenty heads are even better, right? I’ve collected whopping 21 ground turkey pasta recipes and I even tried some of them already. Great stuff here, guys. Check them out!
Linguine with turkey meatballs and roasted peppers
Mix together the bacon, mince, chilli, fennel seeds and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Form into 16 small balls.
Fry the meatballs in batches in half the oil for 7-8 minutes until golden and cooked through, shaking the pan frequently. Meanwhile, cook the linguine according to instructions on the packet.
Drain the pasta, return to the pan and toss over a low heat with the rest of the oil, the peppers, spinach and seasoning. Mix with the meatballs and divide between two warm bowls.
How to Make 30-Minute Ground Turkey Skillet with Vegetables:
Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat in a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet (I use a 12-inch skillet).
Add the ground turkey and press into a single layer. Brown turkey without touching it for 2 to 3 minutes, until browned. Flip the meat and continue browning another 2 minutes. Add spices and sea salt and use a spatula to chop the meat into smaller pieces.
Add the veggies to the skillet and stir well. Cover the skillet and cook 5 to 8 minutes, until vegetables soften. Add the coconut aminos and spinach and replace the cover. Cook until the spinach has wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the cover and stir well. Taste mixture for flavor and add more sea salt, and/or coconut aminos to taste.
Serve it as is, on top of boiled and cooled sweet potato, or with white or brown rice. If you&rsquore serving with potatoes or rice, check out my article on How to Cook Rice and Potatoes for Optimal Digestion.
What To Serve With Meatballs: 17 Side Dishes
Knowing what to serve with meatballs is the key to the ultimate meal. Serve up any of these sides for meatballs to impress your guests.
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Crunchy Italian Cheesy Bread Croutons
Zoodles with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
Warm Couscous Cranberry Spinach Salad
Sauteed Bell Peppers and Rice
Simple Lemon Garlic Broccolini
Roasted Asparagus with Bacon
- Select your favorite meatballs side dish.
- Prepare these in under 30 minutes.
- Pair your selected sides with the main
- Serve and enjoy
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40 Healthy Pasta Recipes for a Veggie-Packed Boost
Packed with veggies and nutrition, these won't weigh you down.
Just because you want to eat nutritious meals doesn&rsquot mean you should have to sacrifice making quick, easy dinner recipes for your family. And what could be quicker or easier than pasta? Unfortunately, too many pasta dishes are butter- and meat-laden comfort foods that, while tasty, don't always make you feel so good afterward. But we're here to help change that.
These easy, healthy pasta recipes will fulfill all your needs for a simple weeknight meal that's also good for you. Most of us crave a big bowl of pasta after a long day, but when you&rsquore trying to eat on the healthier side, sometimes you might think you have to completely scrap their favorite carb. Instead, you can still make healthy dinner recipes that use pasta with these amazing ideas.
For instance, try one of these pasta recipes that use alternative noodles, such as the sun-dried tomato lentil pasta or zucchini noodles and turkey meatballs. These dishes also have the added bonus of being gluten-free, so it&rsquos a win-win. Or, if you&rsquore looking to stay budget-conscious with some cheap dinner ideas, you can keep your boxed pasta with these ideas too. Pack your pasta bowl with veggie-loaded pastas, like the pasta primavera or sausage, roasted butternut squash, and kale pasta. These dishes achieve the perfect balance of comfort food meets nutrition as many double as low-carb recipes. Make your family&rsquos weeknight meals more colorful with these fantastic healthy pasta recipes that even your kids are sure to love.
Italian keto turkey meatballs with zoodles
- 1½ lbs 650 g ground turkey or ground beef
- ¼ cup 60 ml mayonnaise
- ¾ tsp ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
- 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil, for frying
- 2 2 garlic clove, finely chopped garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½ cup 120 ml tomato sauce
- 1 cup 240 ml water
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp finely chopped, sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 1½ lbs 650 g zucchini , spiralized
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and ground black pepper
- ½ cup (1 1 &frasl3 oz.) 120 ml (40 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup ( 1 &frasl3 oz.) 60 ml (11 g) fresh basil, chopped
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Besides being tested by the original recipe creator, this recipe has also been tested and quality approved by our test kitchen.
Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.
Zoodles and garnish
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Turkey Vegetable Meatballs
Healthy turkey vegetable meatballs recipe. It's easy to prepare.
- 1/2 cup minced turkey breast
- 1 small bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (149 g)
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/4 cup of natural oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- ½ lime juice (44g)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Make the meatballs: In a bowl, combine the meat, oats, lemon juice, cilantro, and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Lightly knead the ingredients until well mixed. Shape into balls.
- In a skillet, heat the oil. Cook meatballs until golden brown. Remove from the pan.
- In the same skillet, add the onion and garlic. Fry until soft.
- Put the meatballs back in the skillet and add pepper, beans, and tomatoes. Cook until ready to serve.
- You can serve them with boiled platains.
- I also serve them alongside with salad as a side dish.
Alright, we are sure that you will enjoy this turkey vegetable meatballs meal. As you know, there’s not better thing that tasty food while eating healthy.
Also, don’t forget to check out our other recipes. We have a great variety from breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts to specific recipes for each person and every occasion.
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